Federal claims court sides with Anchorage in lawsuit over Port of Alaska expansion project

By Megan Pacer and Patrick Enslow

After seven years pending in the court system, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Thursday ruled in favor of the Municipality of Anchorage in the lawsuit it filed against the U.S. Maritime Administration over the city’s port expansion project.

“It’s an enormous vindication of what we’ve been saying all along, and that’s basically that the federal government had control of this project and they didn’t perform — they messed Continue reading

Mayor Bronson talks future of port repairs in State of the City address

By Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media 

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson says his administration is working to bolster economic development in the city through upgrades at the Port of Alaska.

“Today, we are one seismic event away from catastrophic failure of our port,” Bronson said Monday during his State of the City address to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Bronson delivered his remarks virtually because he was quarantining after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, Continue reading

Port terminal project to open by year-end

Port terminal project to open by year-end

By: Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

If all continues going largely according to plan, the first major piece of a long-sought and badly needed overhaul to the Port of Alaska will be in service by year-end, according to officials.

Construction crews are in their second year of work on the new petroleum and cement terminal, or PCT, located south of most of the city-owned port’s existing docks at a cost of about $200 million.

“It’s on time and on Continue reading

Curious Alaska: What are shipping containers with observation decks doing along the Anchorage waterfront?

Curious Alaska: What are shipping containers with observation decks doing along the Anchorage waterfront?

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Morgan Krakow

Question: What are the Conex boxes with observation decks on top for? I have seen two locations: one at the city boat launch at the mouth of Ship Creek and the other in the parking area at Northern Lights and Postmark Drive. Just being curious.

These shipping containers near the Ship Creek boat launch and along the Coastal Trail near Earthquake Park are for observing marine mammals in Cook Inlet during construction at Continue reading

House makes case for Congress to invest in Alaska’s infrastructure

Alaska Native News
By Joe Plesha

The House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 19, which articulated the need for widespread infrastructure investment in the state of Alaska.

The resolution was sponsored by the House Labor and Commerce Committee and identified the areas of need statewide and cited the work of Congress to construct a federal infrastructure package as a mechanism for investment.

“It’s essential we help our congressional delegation make their case when fighting for our share Continue reading

Support the American Jobs Act for Alaska jobs

Anchorage Daily News

After the terrible devastation COVID-19 wreaked on Alaska’s economy the past year, the one area where Alaska’s elected officials at all levels and of all political parties should reach agreement is getting our economy back on track.

The pandemic has killed more than 300 Alaskans and infected nearly 70,000 more, cost thousands of our fellow citizens their jobs, pushed many into poverty and bankrupted scores of small homegrown businesses.

Thankfully, the new administration of President Joe Continue reading

City vs. MARAD port trial set to begin

City vs. MARAD port trial set to begin

By: Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

A trial is set to commence nearly seven years after Anchorage sued the U.S. Maritime Administration for its role in the botched expansion of the city’s port but there is still a long way between now and a final ruling.

The Federal Claims Court trial, being held via videoconference, began Feb. 16, at 6 a.m. Alaska time.

Assistant Municipal Attorney Bob Owens said that the participants in the two- to three-week trial will Continue reading

USACE awards Manson $9.8 million Alaska dredging contract

Marine Log
By: Marine Log Staff

Manson Construction Company, Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a $9,847,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance dredging in the Port of Alaska. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received.

Work will be performed in Anchorage, with an estimated completion date of January 26, 2022.

Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,847,000 were obligated at the time of the award.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Continue reading

Dredging in the Port of Alaska helps keep store shelves stocked

Dredging in the Port of Alaska helps keep store shelves stocked

By: Scott Gross

During the summer, looking out into the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, red and white dredge hard at work may be seen.

“We’ve dredged at the Port of Anchorage for probably about over 40 years,” operations branch chief for the Alaska district, Julie Anderson, said. “The purpose of the project is to keep the entrance, the turning area and the terminals where the ships come up to the docks, to an authorized depth of Continue reading

Army Corps continues legacy of dredging at Port of Alaska

Army Corps continues legacy of dredging at Port of Alaska

Arctic Warrior
By Rachel Napolitan USACE Alaska District

All summer long, a crimson and white boat moves back and forth through the waters near the Port of Alaska collecting silt, sand and gravel off the seafloor to allow vessels to navigate the harbor in Anchorage. The boat is a dredging vessel called the Westport, operated by Manson Construction of Seattle, Wash., which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District contracted to maintain the mooring areas for the past Continue reading